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Music Review: All Over by Honorebel - Reggae - Florida, USA | Music Discovery XO


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REGGAE REVIEWS

02-07-2020 16:38 GMT


Music Reviews (July 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Reggae artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Reggae performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Honorebel on YouTube | Apple Music


Honorebel
"All Over"
Reggae




This week, Honorebel confirmed that the music video for this record, one of the highlights of his spectacular autumn 2019 album, “Above The Noise” has gone into production and is due out soon. Featuring international American hip hop recording artist, Rick Ross and international Jamaican reggae recording artist, Wayne Wonder, coupled with the tropical feel-good sounds of the critically acclaimed independent Miami reggae star, it’s a record that has all the makings of a summer hit, and it has done well to remain on the playlists of top radio stations and DJs over 10 months after its release.

Music Review: Feel Good by Tamara Bubble - Hip Hop - New York, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

01-07-2020 15:35 GMT


Music Reviews (July 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Tamara Bubble on Soundcloud | Apple Music


Tamara Bubble
"Feel Good"
Hip Hop


Just do it

New York rapper, Tamara Bubble’s December 31st, 2019 single, “Feel Good” will make you feel like you’ve been severely bamboozled by the music industry, and hip hop artists in particular for at least a decade. Forget about all the so-called feel-good music you’ve heard recently, taking into account hip hop, R&B and even pop; now rinse out your ears mentally (don’t poor water in them, that’s bad). Now when you hit the play button keep telling yourself this is really happening, because you won't believe it is. This record is so good you are liable to hit the pause button a few seconds after it starts, just to be sure your heart can digest the beat and is ready for a whole 3 minutes of the lyrical happy ending massage that ensues. The track is so good that if it won a Grammy it would give it to Kanye West. It’s not needy, pompous or desperate for recognition, just superb and spectacular in its own right.

It premiered during Season 3 of ABC Australia’s “Mustang FC”.

Explicit.


Music Review: Elsewhere by The Watermark High - Electronic - Massachusetts, USA | Music Discovery XO


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ELECTRONIC REVIEWS

30-06-2020 14:54 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Electronic artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Electronic performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie music producer, The Watermark High on Bandcamp | Spotify


The Watermark High
"Elsewhere"
Electronic


Just chill

The latest single by Johannesburg music producer, The Watermark High, who is now based in Boston, Massachusetts, “Elsewhere” has critics and fans in the US and South Africa alike lost for words. It has a calming effect that is blissful and uplifting in a more inviting than commanding way. It’s not one of those tracks that immediately razzles and bedazzles you then unloads all its goodies into your ears in one go, it’s like a gentle stream flowing peacefully by, whether you pay it any attention or not. It’s colourful, but not excessively – it paints the picture of a quiet afternoon on the country side, maybe under a tree somewhere while everyone else is working hard, playing hard or doing whatever far away. If you don’t have a playlist titled "Me Time", then create one for this song straight away.

Music Review: The World On Fire by The Controversy - Alternative - California, USA | Music Discovery XO


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ALTERNATIVE REVIEWS

29-06-2020 13:54 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Alternative artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Alternative performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, The Controversy on Apple Music | Spotify


The Controversy
"The World On Fire"
Alternative


Dangerously good

Released one song at a time starting with the sensational single, “I” on the 7th of May, 2019, California trio, The Controversy’s latest album did well to appease fans every step of the way of its unprecedented release, which spanned over 8 months in total. The full album was released to critical acclaim on the 3rd of December after every single track had received the full attention it deserved.

Co-produced by Dave Russell, whose credits include records with award-winning international music recording artists like Lady Gaga, PJ Harvey and Seal, it is one of those albums where every single record is a standalone hit single in its own right. The only way it could have been truly appreciated as exactly that is if each track was in fact released as a single, which the band cleverly did. It seemed like a pretty risky move at the time it was announced but it turned out to be one of the smartest moves the critically acclaimed Los Angeles band, whose repertoire dates as far back as 2012, could have made. In terms of highlights, well, there are none – every single record on this five-star album is a highlight. Right from the first song, “Oh Dear My”, you immediately know you are in for a monumental and phenomenal experience. The album instantaneously commands your full attention and you have no choice but to stop everything you are doing. 8 tracks and 34 minutes later, you’ll be holding your head as the title track, “World On Fire” whisks you away into outer space in ecstasy without any PPE or even your consent; almost like some really bad (or really amazing) drugs (or so we’ve heard - wink, wink). 

Music Review: Question Of The Night by Ez The Lyrical Skitzo - Hip Hop - Philadelphia, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

28-06-2020 13:38 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Ez The Lyrical Skitzo on Audiomack


Ez The Lyrical Skitzo
"Question Of The Night"
Hip Hop


Smooth

Crispy, lush production you can almost taste


“Question Of The Night” was featured on the latest album, “Pray 4 Me” by Pennsylvania underground rap artist, Ez The Lyrical Skitzo. It’s a sensual record with lyrics about sex and the ambiance of a bedroom with the door locked and all possibilities on the table. This is one of those songs that’ll instantly give your “booty call” playlist an instant edge.

Explicit.

Music Review: Distance by Christie Huff - Country Pop - California, USA | Music Discovery XO


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COUNTRY POP REVIEWS

27-06-2020 21:35 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Country Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Country Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Christie Huff on Soundcloud | Deezer


Christie Huff
"Distance"
Country Pop


Big

The first thing that strikes you about this song is how heavy and sweet the drums are. It immediately sets a seriously exciting tone for the whole record, and as the song progresses, it unravels into something more spectacular than you could have ever wished for in even your most overzealous pop fantasies. But wait, this isn't pop - it’s pop-ish, with a hint of R&B and a generous sprinkle of country. “Distance” is a country pop song about wanting to be close to someone you love. Released at a time when we were all realising the difficulties that social distancing posed and still poses, it’s a song that resonated well and is still resonating well with so many.

Music Review: So Flexi by Big Money Brezzy - Hip Hop - Texas, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

26-06-2020 20:20 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Big Money Brezzy on YouTube | Spotify


Big Money Brezzy
"So Flexi"
Hip Hop


Listen up, listen close

Damn good!


Released back in November 2019, Texas rapper, Big Money Brezzy’s 3 track EP, “So Flexi” has still got fans and critics raving over six months on and is in fact now well on its way to becoming a massive summer hit. Brezzy has made a name for himself in Austin as an artist that is guaranteed to not only leave listeners mind-boggled with lyrical sorcery that only he knows how, but also put smiles that only ever result from full satisfaction on their faces as well every single time. He’s also one of those artists that more often than not gets listeners thinking with complex metaphors, riddles and all types of wordplay, and this EP excels exceptionally in that aspect too. In this EP, Brezzy seems to have laid as much emphasis on beats and production as he clearly does on rhymes and flows. The result is nothing short of spectacular and masterful. In just 3 songs the record will turn you from a hip hop lover into a discerning hip hop fan – if you are one already, it will make you even more particular about the type of rap you allow your music player to play and reassure you that there are still hip hop artists out there who are evolving in the way the genre's pioneers envisioned.

Explicit.


Music Review: Soul Taker by Megan Mcduffee - Synthpop - California, USA | Music Discovery XO


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SYNTHPOP REVIEWS

25-06-2020 19:27 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Synthpop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Synthpop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Megan Mcduffee on Spotify | Google Play Music


Megan Mcduffee
"Soul Taker"
Synthpop


Listen at your own risk

Video game music record label, music publisher and rights administrator, Materia Collective recently released “Buddies”, a two disc project celebrating the soundtrack to the video game series, Banjo-Kazooie. Among the 18 tracks that make up the exciting album is this one, a tribute to the game by freelance California, US video game composer and recording artist, Megan McDuffee. This haunting, deceptively lowkey, mesmerising and mildly ominous record will seduce you into its dark ambience, bedazzle you with sweet synths, put you under a blissful spell and string you along with ever so inviting words till you feel woozy and weak at the knees. And then, as the title suggests, though sadly you failed to pay it any mind right at the start, it will take your soul. Don’t worry you can have your soul back, just play the record in reverse and the spell will be broken.

Music Review: Elliot Waits For No One by Elliot Waits For No One - Rock - Illinois, USA | Music Discovery XO


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ROCK REVIEWS

24-06-2020 18:55 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Classic Jenny Franck photo before Elliot Waits For No One band


Jenny Franck
"Elliot Waits For No One"
Rock



Elliot Waits For No One (EWFNO) is the new Illinois, US band that, according to critics, is poised to completely shake things up on the Midwest’s rock music scene. Comprising of seasoned music industry veterans Jeff Tortora, Brian Troch and singer songwriter Jenny Franck, the band made their debut just over a year ago. Their highly anticipated self-titled album, “Elliot Waits For No One” was released on the 12th of June, just over a week ago. The 10 track album has everything from slow burning ballads to high-octane records that are liable to burn the flesh off your bones if you make the mistake of playing them too loud. Listen out for “Sick Of It All“, “You Can’t See Through Me“ and “Everyone Knows“.

Music Review: Only You & Me by Crissi Cochrane - Soul - Ontario, Canada | Music Discovery XO


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SOUL REVIEWS

23-06-2020 17:20 GMT


Music Reviews (June 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Soul artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Soul performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Crissi Cochrane on Soundcloud | Bandcamp


Crissi Cochrane
"Only You & Me"
Soul




Super-chilled with a smooth groove that’ll make you want to move, “Only You & Me” is a slow, exciting, romantic song for that special someone in your life. It’s one of those records with the uncanny ability to turn the lights down low and make everyone else and everything in the room disappear except you and her. Throw this on when you are spending quality time. Featured on Crissi Cochrane’s latest album, “Heirloom”, which was released back in February to critical acclaim, “Only You & Me” quickly became and remains a fan favorite. A remixed version of the track is scheduled for release on the 26th of June.